Spanning the globe at the table
When it comes to food, my boys are as different as night and day.
My 13-year-old will try just about anything. He likes sushi, curry goat, jerk chicken, most greens and just about any kind of fruit.
My 8-year-old sums up his palate this way: “I eat what I like, Mom.” He actually said this on Friday as he ate a Coney Island burger (burger with barbecue sauce and bacon – the bacon has to be on a separate plate) at Brooklyn’s Famous Subs and Pasta in White Plains. That’s about as far as his gastronomical repertoire expanded. Until Saturday, that is.
On a foray to Nyack, my husband and I decided that we were going to have a Saturday afternoon lunch that didn’t feature anything that came on a bun or cut into eighths. We ventured to the “Thai House”:http://www.thaihousenyack.com/, a delightfully cozy place that was obviously once a diner. There, my 13-year-old studied the menu, asking about Pad Thai, duck and other dishes. My 8-year-old seemed initially content with water.
Now don’t get me wrong: My younger son isn’t a complete food Neanderthal. He LOVES Chinese food. Well, he thinks he does. Basically, he eats fried chicken wings and fried rice. Just like they make in old Shanghai. Right.
We chose Thai, thinking that seeing some rice on the plate would encourage him to try some other foods. You’re now thinking, “Ha! Fat chance.” You’re wrong! He actually loved the sauteed jumbo shrimp, chicken, pork, snow peas and broccoli, cauliflower in garlic sauce, along with the Thai-style fried rice. And he gobbles up the wontons and spring rolls. He ate baby corn! And asked me to buy some for dinner this week!
So the introduction to something different went well, this time.
How do you introduce new foods to your kids?